Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Sierra by the Sea to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Sierra by the Sea.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

The Truth about Pathological Lying

Most people occasionally tell lies for personal gain or to avoid punishment, but those who are afflicted with a disorder known as pathological lying often tell lies that have no clear purpose.

The lies may be extremely far-fetched and out of proportion to reality. In many cases the lies will hurt the person who tells them, making a pathological liar’s behavior incomprehensible to most people.

In an article on the Psychiatric Times website, Dr. Charles Dike of the Yale University School of Medicine describes a case study for a patient he calls Mr. A, who was facing loss of his job due to lying. Mr. A told co-workers that he had been diagnosed with an incurable disease. People in his workplace were initially concerned and supportive, but as weeks passed they became suspicious about the nature of his illness. He began to tell increasingly outrageous lies to cover up previous lies. When he could no longer take the pressure, he stopped going to work. While it may seem that he told the original lie to elicit sympathy, in the end he suffered consequences that included extreme anxiety and potential loss of his job. Adding to Mr. A’s problems was the fact that he had lost other jobs in the past and his personal life was suffering because of his lying. He was aware that his behavior was not normal but felt that he could not control his lying, so he sought psychiatric help.

This case illustrates some of the common traits associated with pathological lying (also referred to as mythomania or morbid lying):

•    Excessive lying that is easy to verify as untrue.
•    Lies are told that bring no benefit and may be harmful to the liar.
•    The behavior is repeated again and again with no regard for consequences.
•    Pathological liars often can’t seem to tell truth from lies and may contradict themselves when questioned.

Although pathological lying has been recognized by mental health experts for more than a hundred years, there has been a limited amount of research dedicated to the disorder. One study of1000 juvenile offenders cited by Dr. Dike found that about 1% were affected by pathological lying. The behavior began on average at age 16 and was detected by age 22. Males and females seem to be equally affected by the disorder.

The Mayo Clinic categorizes pathological lying as belonging to the spectrum of behaviors known as Antisocial Personality Disorder (formerly referred to as Sociopathic).  Other symptoms of this personality disorder include blatant disregard for the feelings and safety of others, aggressive or violent behavior and recurring problems with law enforcement and other authority figures. Antisocial Personality Disorder is caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors.  Neglect, abuse and trauma in childhood can increase the risk of developing this personality disorder.

People who appear to be suffering from pathological lying should consult a health care provider or mental health professional.  Because it is a chronic condition that occurs throughout adulthood, long-term treatment is often needed.  Treatment approaches include psychotherapy, medication and hospitalization.  Untreated, this condition can cause significant damage to both the person with the disorder and to their families, friends and colleagues.

Recovery is fueled by hope and courage and an exploration of the underlying factors such as trauma. Our treatment driven by compassionate and trauma-informed care provides the foundation of recovery and healing.

– Valerie M. Kading, DNP, MBA, MSN, PMHNP-BC, Chief Executive Officer
Marks of Quality Care
These accreditations are an official recognition of our dedication to providing treatment that exceeds the standards and best practices of quality care.
  • American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)
  • California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP)
  • Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)